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NYC waste company to turn trash bins into WiFi hotspots

NYC waste company to turn trash bins into WiFi hotspots

Depending on where you live, Wi-Fi hotspots are either very fast, impossibly slow, or non-existent. The first has been true for those living in certain parts of New York City, and if one waste management company's plan comes to fruition, many more fast WiFi hotspots will be going live soon. Previously the waste management company Bigbelly fitted a pair of its smart garbage bins with high-speed WiFi in Manhattan, and now it wants to expand that to include more WiFi-equipped bins throughout New York City.

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Researchers find high-protein algae that tastes like bacon

Researchers find high-protein algae that tastes like bacon

Few meats are as tasty as bacon, but you, like many others, may have cut back on it for health and environmental reasons. That makes a recent discovery by Oregon State University researchers all the more exciting: a new so-called "super food" algae that tastes like bacon. OSU detailed the discovery on Tuesday, likening it to discovering a unicorn — a “new strain of succulent red marine algae” that is fast-growing, high in protein and nutrients, and — upon being cooked — blessed with a flavor like bacon.

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Amazon Prime Day beats Black Friday says retailer

Amazon Prime Day beats Black Friday says retailer

Amazon Prime Day may have been an excuse for the retail behemoth to clear its warehouse shelves ahead of the holidays, but it clearly struck a chord. Dropping a mid-event update, Amazon claims its peak order rates have already surpassed those experienced on Black Friday last year, as shoppers leapt on deals ranging from the company's own Echo voice-controlled assistant through to cut-price compression shorts.

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A “redefined” Twitter wants 3rd party developers back

A “redefined” Twitter wants 3rd party developers back

Given Twitter's enormity, stability (sort of), and legacy, you'd think it'd have its mission and vision down to a 'T' by now. But if co-founder and board member Evan Williams is to be believed, the social networking giant is undergoing a phase of introspection and self-discovery. Heck, it isn't even a social networking site anymore. According to Williams, has figured out that it is, more than anything else, a real-time news platform. It's a change in definition that opens the doors to possibilities, including a better relationship with app developers.

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Ouch, Comcast Fiber costs $300 a month, requires 2yr contract

Ouch, Comcast Fiber costs $300 a month, requires 2yr contract

Odds are the Internet speeds available in your region are paltry, but some have enjoyed access to ultra-fast municipal services and Google Fiber. Comcast is trumping them all with a new 2Gbps Internet option, but those who go for this ultra-fast package are going to be paying an ultra-amount for it: $299.95 per month, as well as up to $1,000 USD to get it hooked up and activated. The service is available to those located in certain cities scattered across the United States.

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Switzerland testing emergency supplies drone

Switzerland testing emergency supplies drone

Thoughts of getting your pizza and new toys delivered by drone are fun, but others see more altruistic possibilities with these aerial vehicles: on-demand defibrillators, medical supplies in hard to reach places, and in the case of Switzerland, emergency supplies of different sorts during times when traditional transportation isn’t ideal. This could include, says Swiss Post, everything from using drones to ship post-storm emergency supplies to high priority lab tests. This is only one example of possible future uses, however.

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It may be too late to stop a 20ft rise in sea levels

It may be too late to stop a 20ft rise in sea levels

Research into climate change continues to press on despite vitriol and blowback from deniers, and the latest research report appears damning: it may be too late to stop a 20ft. rise in sea levels…at the minimum. According to a new paper published last week, limiting global warming to 2C may not stop a sea level increase of 6 meters or more, and those rising waters will have a huge impact on coastlines — and the people who live near them — around the world.

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Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has died

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has died

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata died on Saturday, the gaming company has announced today, at the age of 55. According to Nintendo, Iwata died from a bile duct growth; the president had undergone surgery last year to remove a tumor. A well-liked and popular personality in the gaming scene, Iwata had a higher profile than many chief execs among the company's fans through his regular appearances in streamed shows.

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New Jersey will soon be home to world’s largest indoor vertical farm

New Jersey will soon be home to world’s largest indoor vertical farm

Indoor farming is taking off, and the benefits of it are becoming increasingly apparent. The ability to grow all year rather than being limited to growing seasons is one big reason, and the other is efficiency. Indoor farms use less electricity and water and produce more crops without as much plant wastes. Soon New Jersey will be home to the world’s largest indoor vertical farm. Estimates say it will produce 2 million pounds of herbs and leafy greens every year.

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NASA lost millions when SpaceX’s rocket exploded

NASA lost millions when SpaceX’s rocket exploded

On June 28, SpaceX experienced a rocket failure when its CRS-7 mission rocket exploded shortly after taking off. The rocket had been on its way to the International Space Station as part of a resupply mission when the unfortunate explosion took place. SpaceX started an investigation into the cause, but the damage had already been done. Today NASA revealed how much the explosion cost it: $110 million. Questions were also raised about whether SpaceX should be the one investigating its own failure.

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Study: global warming is limiting bumblebee travel

Study: global warming is limiting bumblebee travel

The number of bumblebees in North America and Europe is declining and the biggest cause is thought to be climate change. That’s according to a new study that was recently published in Science showing a trend since the 1970s where bumblebees are no longer traveling as far as they used to. Over this period of time, the travels of bumblebees have shrunk by as much as 190 miles from their previous southern limits, likely due to warming temperatures.

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Ancient monkey skull reveals tiny but complex brain

Ancient monkey skull reveals tiny but complex brain

In 1997 a 15 million year monkey skull was discovered, and for the first time researchers have peered inside to see what secrets it holds. What they found was surprising -- the brain was small but very complex. The skull comes from an ancient monkey known as the Victoriapithecus, and it was examined using X-rays and a 3D computer model based on the X-rays. The brain is said to have been “tiny” in relation to the monkey’s body size, coming in at more than 50-percent smaller than comparable modern monkeys. The level of complexity, however, was surprisingly high.

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